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A teacher’s observation about teenage boys that grabbed Tom Elliott’s attention

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A comment from a teacher to one of Tom Elliott’s friends at a recent parent-teacher interview grabbed the 3AW Drive host’s attention.

The teacher told Tom’s friend they’d found a lot of Year 8 and Year 9 boys had struggled with their study during the COVID-19 lockdowns and were really struggling to catch back up and falling behind.

So he investigated the matter further.

Adam Voigt, a former principal, told Tom Elliott he wasn’t surprised.

He said a number of factors were at play.

Technology is one of them.

Tom Elliott asked whether the proliferation of technology in the classroom had actually become a distraction, rather than an educational tool.

“It’s something that I think nearly every secondary school in the country is grappling with,” Mr Voigt said.

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